Thursday, June 25, 2015

Breaking Down Florida's Budget



Yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the 2015-2016 Keep Florida Working Budget. One of the budget highlights is its impressive investments of $1.2 billion into the Agency of Persons with Disabilities (APD). This includes over $40 million for the purpose of removing more than 2,000 individuals from the APD waiting list into the iBudget Florida Medicare waiver system. The budget is also allocating $1 million for job placement and training for people with developmental disabilities. To see the rest of the Keep Florida Working Budget, go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1_Jq98oofxeVVdsU1AtWHltdUE/view.

I’m pleased to see how much consideration is being given to people with disabilities. However, along with the budget is a lengthy list of vetoes, including one for the Adults with Disabilities Pilot Program. This is a disappointment for those who would’ve benefited from the program. You can see the veto list at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1_Jq98oofxeTmhJS19fdTk4b0E/view.

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